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Orbiter radiator panel solar focusing testTest data are presented which define the area around the Orbiter radiator panels for which the solar reflections are concentrated to one-sun or more. The concave shape of the panels and their specular silver/Teflon coating causes focusing of the reflected solar energy which could have adverse heating effects on equipment or astronaut extravehicular activity (EVA) in the vicinity of the radiator panels. A room ambient test method was utilized with a one-tenth scale model of the radiator panels.
Document ID
19840046272
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Howell, H. R. (Vought Corp. Dallas, TX, United States)
Rankin, J. G. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1983
Subject Category
SPACECRAFT DESIGN, TESTING AND PERFORMANCE
Report/Patent Number
SAE PAPER 831125
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other